Northwood University to Host Make a Difference and Service Week

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Northwood University will be hosting Make a Difference and Service Week from November 5-10.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University will be hosting “Make a Difference and Service Week” from November 5-10, 2012. Throughout the week, registered student organizations (RSOs) will be participating in various volunteer activities to make a difference in the community.

Monday, November 5, through Friday, November 9, Sodexo, Inc. will be collecting canned food items and all proceeds will be donated to the Railway Center. All donations for the canned food drive should be dropped off at the Student Leadership Center (SLC) in the Student Union. On Thursday, November 8, students can donate two canned food items at dinner in the cafeteria and receive a steak dinner courtesy of Sodexo. The RSO with the most cans donated throughout the week will receive the best seat in the house at Saturday’s football game.

On Monday, November 5, student organizations will be participating in “Rake-a-Difference Day” from 3-5:30 p.m. Students will be assigned to assist elderly residents throughout the Midland area with yard-work activities. Students will meet in the lobby of the Hach Student Life Center at 3 p.m. Sign up for RSOs will be until Monday, October 29, in the SLC. If anyone in the Midland area needs leaves raked, they should contact Teresa Sullivan at 989.837.4227 or by email at

On Tuesday, November 6, Northwood students will be taking part in the St. Jude’s Up Till Dawn Letter Writing Party in the Hach Student Life Center at 6 p.m. This campus organization is sending out letters to the community seeking donations for St. Jude’s Children Hospital which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Wednesday, November 7, a blood drive, hosted by Phi Delta Theta fraternity and sponsored by Papa John’s, will be taking place from 12 p.m. (noon)-6 p.m. in Dow Commons.

Thursday, November 8, there will be a Northwood pep rally with senior citizens at Bickford Assisted Living & Memory Care of Midland at 6 p.m. Northwood University cheerleaders, athletic teams, students and Woody the Timberwolf will be visiting residents to play board and card games.

On Friday, November 9, Northwood students will be participating in “Reading with Woody” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) at St. Brigid School. Interested students can sign up to volunteer in the SLC. Also on Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, Northwood faculty, staff and students will be donating their time to build a fence at the 1016 home in Midland. This will take place both days from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

The week concludes on Saturday, November 10, with Northwood football versus Hillsdale College at 12 p.m. (noon). Northwood University is sponsoring a canned food collection during Saturday’s game. The canned item will serve as free entry.

For more information, contact Teresa Sullivan, director of residence and student life, at 989.837.4227 or by email


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.